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City approves RRRDC agreement

West Fargo City Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to approve a joint powers agreement with the Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC), along with an agreement pertaining to Fargo's computer aided dispatch and records management system.

Commissioners voted last November to have its Police and Fire Departments join the (RRRDC), which means that the City will have its 911 emergency calls answered by the agency. The Center currently coordinates calls for all the cities in both Cass and Clay County, with the exception of West Fargo.

The agreement specifies that West Fargo must participate for five years; that West Fargo will have one voting member on the RRRDC Board of Authority; and the City's current financial contribution will be a percentage of the annual estimated budget of the Center, with West Fargo's current contribution projected at 9 percent.

Budgeting for West Fargo's portion of the grant won't happen until the 2009-2010 calendar year. City Administrator Jim Brownlee estimated the cost for joining the RRRDC will be approximately $242,000, with Dispatch Backup Center equipment still to be worked out. He said this could amount to a $150,000 to $200,000 per year savings for the City.

The Commission also worked out staffing issues, with some of the West Fargo dispatchers being employed at the Center once the move is completed, and the remaining dispatchers staying at the West Fargo Police Department as clerks, to coordinate various responsibilities as needed daily.

In other action, the Commission:

• heard a report from Wade Kunza, from the Metropolitan Council of Governments, regarding a Southwest Transit Study. Kunza provided an update on the implementation efforts of the Paratransit Options Analysis completed last year. The plan is looking at existing transit in the southwest metro (Fargo/West Fargo) area and examining alternatives for future transit expansion;

• okayed second and final reading for adoption of the 2006 Edition of the International I-Codes.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the West Fargo City Commission will be held at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, in the Commission Chambers at West Fargo City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.